In honor of October being National Women's Small Business Month, Cox Business has just published the findings of a new survey among U.S.-based female entrepreneurs.
Nearly three fourths of those surveyed are optimistic about their business.
According to the Cox Business Snapshot of Women Entrepreneurs survey, 79 percent of women owned businesses have not been impacted by the current government shutdown.
The findings were revealed in a blind survey of 624 U.S. women business owners.
The Cox Business survey reveals a variety of factors are driving women to enter the entrepreneurial ranks, ranging from the opportunity to be their own boss (61 percent) to having more control of their "own destinies" (52 percent).
At the same time, other women business owners chose entrepreneurship as a way to pursue their passion (47 percent); 32 percent to make more than they could by working for someone else and 28 percent to spend more time with family/children.
The advice includes:
Don't Go It Alone: Whether that means hiring help or investing time into developing relationships with
mentors and fellow business owners, find support where you can and don't wait until you are overwhelmed to ask for advice.
Get Outside Your Comfort Zone: You might not love spending a significant amount of time on social media or getting out into the field to make sales pitches, but these are necessary steps to make your business succeed.
Love on Your Customers: If you love your customers they will likely love you back. It's that simple. Customers are the most important aspect of every business so it's critical that they are treated that way.